4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 26: The Kidnapping
- constrain [kənˈstrein] v.
To constrain something means to limit its development.
→ Jim cannot join us because he is constrained by previous plans.
- depot [ˈdi:pou] n.
A depot is a bus or train station.
→ He waited for his mother to arrive at the depot.
- emulate [ˈemjəleit] v.
To emulate people means to imitate them because they are greatly admired.
→ As a small boy, he always tried to emulate his big brother.
- forefinger [ˈfɔːrfiŋgər] n.
The forefinger is the finger between one’s thumb and middle finger.
→ He shouted, “ There it is!” and pointed with his forefinger.
- guts [gʌts] n.
The guts are all the organs inside a person or animal.
→ The doctor can tell you every process that happens in one’s guts.
- inherent [inˈhiərənt] adj.
When something is inherent, it is a natural part of something else.
→ Sweating is an inherent bodily function when exercising.
- intimidate [inˈtimədeit] v.
To intimidate means to frighten others.
→ My dad intimidates my friends whenever they visit.
- janitor [ˈdʒænətər] n.
A janitor is a person who makes repairs and takes care of a building.
→ The school janitor cleaned up the messy cafeteria.
- moist [mɔist] adj.
When something is moist, it is slightly wet.
→ The ground is still moist from the rain last night.
- nope [noup] adv.
Nope is an informal way of saying “ no.”
→ He asked if I had any money, and I had to say, “Nope. ”
- prod [prɒd] v.
To prod means to push someone or something with a finger or pointed object.
→ The bully prodded me in the chest with his finger.
- ransom [ˈrænsəm] n.
A ransom is a sum of money paid to a kidnapper to set the person free.
→ He kidnapped the prince and demanded $1 million as ransom.
- restrain [risˈtrein] v.
To restrain someone or something means to use physical strength to stop them.
→ Mike restrained Allen from reaching the door.
- saliva [səˈlaivə] n.
Saliva is the watery liquid in people’s mouths that helps in digestion.
→ The baby could not keep the saliva from dripping out of its mouth.
- spit [spit] v.
To spit means to force liquid from one’s mouth.
→ He emerged from the pool and spit water from his mouth.
- sprint [sprint] v.
To sprint means to run very fast over a short distance.
→ The kids didn’t want to be late to class, so they sprinted to the bus stop.
- stunt [stʌnt] n.
A stunt is something that is done in order to get attention or publicity.
→ The man jumped over the cars as a promotional stunt.
- tolerant [ˈtɒlərənt] adj.
When people are tolerant, they are approved of because they accept others.
→ The tolerant leader thought that everyone was equal regardless of race.
- vampire [ˈvæmpaiər] n.
A vampire is a fictional monster that sleeps in a coffin and sucks people’s blood.
→ The vampire snuck up on the woman and bit her in the neck.
- yawn [jɔːn] v.
To yawn means to open one’s mouth wide and breathe in air.
→ The child yawned and stretched her arms before bed for the night